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Poster: rdenirojb87 Date: Sep 21, 2011 1:13pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Greatest Month In Dead History (POLL INCLUDED)

Vote for you favorite: http://poll.pollcode.com/Yl1

I nominate May for 1972 alone. Then you have 1977. I was looking at some of my favorite shows are realized how many are from May. It's crazy.

http://www.archive.org/details/gd66-05-19.sbd.lestatkat.6516.sbeok.shnf

http://www.archive.org/details/gd69-05-23.sbd.kaplan.12223.sbeok.shnf

http://www.archive.org/details/gd69-05-24.sbd.kpfa.16177.sbeok.shnf

http://www.archive.org/details/gd69-05-31.sbd.oleynick.76.sbeok.shnf

http://www.archive.org/details/gd70-05-07.aud.weiner-gdADT04.5439.sbefail.shnf

http://www.archive.org/details/gd70-05-15.early-late.sbd.97.sbeok.shnf

http://www.archive.org/details/gd70-05-24.sbd.hanno.6481.sbeok.shnf

May 1972

http://www.archive.org/details/gd1973-05-26.sbd.miller.patched.83535.flac16

http://www.archive.org/details/gd1974-05-14.sbd.miller.114462.flac16

http://www.archive.org/details/gd74-05-19.sbd.clugston.6957.sbeok.shnf

May 1977

May got much weaker after 1977 but there's still some more greats.



ALSO, BEST 3 SHOWS IN A ROW?

1977: 5/7 through 5/9
40 different songs in 3 night!

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Poster: wisconsindead Date: Sep 21, 2011 6:49am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Greatest Month In Dead History

Yea may has been a pretty good month.

The best 3 day run I know of is certainly Alpine 1989, 07/17-19

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Poster: rdenirojb87 Date: Sep 21, 2011 6:58am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Greatest Month In Dead History

excellent choice. i've listened to 07-19 so many times. one of my favorite altheas and perhaps my favorite foolish heart. Terrapin is one of the best later versions I've heard and the Dew is killer. Love the Sugaree as well, just wish it was longer.

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Poster: wisconsindead Date: Sep 21, 2011 8:10am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Greatest Month In Dead History

All nights are amazing tho! Nearly every song played is an all time version. And yea, that sugaree, it is a great one. Also one of my top altheas. How about the legendary desolation or mind melting deal?

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Poster: rdenirojb87 Date: Sep 21, 2011 8:54am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Greatest Month In Dead History

The deal in insane as well. Never been a huge fan of the way they did Desolation, maybe I'm just too much of a Dylan snob. This version is definitely one of the few that I'll listen to more than once though.

07-19 is the only show of the 3 I have a copy of so obviously I'm most familiar with it. I will check out two proceeding shows as well as it's been several years since I've heard them

I love the Bucket as well. I rarely listen to that song anymore; heard it way too much at this point but this version I always liked a lot.

Victim or the Crime, also one of my favorites

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Poster: wisconsindead Date: Sep 21, 2011 2:13pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Greatest Month In Dead History

oh man you gotta check out the other shows. 2nd set of the 2nd night is meh... but the first sets for both are legendary and the whole 1st night is just pure magic. Probably the night I would pick if I could only go to one. The first set of night 3 might be the best first set I know of.

personally, i cant stand dylan's desolation row.

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Poster: boat man Date: Sep 22, 2011 8:27am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Greatest Month In Dead History

"the whole 1st night is just pure magic. Probably the night I would pick if I could only go to one. The first set of night 3 might be the best first set I know of."
It was an amazing show, WD; and in your own yard.
It was the only night of the three that wasn't raining or sodden, but it was cloudy. Just on cue, though, as the clouds parted to reveal a huge, bright full moon, the chords came out from Jerry's guitar: "da da da dumm, da da da dumm" and the whole place erupted in the most incredible "Standing on the Moon".
The "Bid You Goodnight" was extra cool, too, because they had just brought it out of the attic and no one was expecting it.
I had third row center seats, but I never liked seats and spent most of the show up in the Phill side beer garden.

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Poster: wisconsindead Date: Sep 22, 2011 9:01am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Greatest Month In Dead History

cool story.

I like when the crowd goes nuts during the sugaree verse "still have to stand out in the pourin rain" from the third night.

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Poster: boat man Date: Sep 22, 2011 10:06am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Greatest Month In Dead History

Yeah, they felt sorry for us; they sang all the rain songs.
I was there with my brother, on a Harley. It was a mud bowl.
We actually had a room, in town, at the Hilton for the second night, but couldn't get out because of the mud. We got out the next morning and went anyway to clean up until chek out time. We left a huge bathtub ring around the hotel jacuzi.
I did meet some tapers there, though, and had copies of the shows in the mail box when I got back home.

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Poster: William Tell Date: Sep 20, 2011 10:06pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Greatest Month In Dead History

May is damn fine; we've had "best months" discussions before, and it's not easy...I love Sept, Oct and Dec from early era bias basis, but hey, Feb, Mar and Apr have to be mentioned.

How many have I used? Half?

Damn...But, I can see your pt; maybe May can just have it, esp with latter era arguments in its favor.

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Poster: ringolevio Date: Sep 21, 2011 5:30am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Greatest Month In Dead History

>How many have I used? Half?

That's what cracks me up about these discussions. By noon, all 12 months will have been listed.

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Poster: deadhead53 Date: Sep 21, 2011 7:14am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Greatest Month In Dead History

There are many great shows from December, 1971 and 72 come to mind as dooe 69

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Poster: rdenirojb87 Date: Sep 21, 2011 12:40pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Greatest Month In Dead History

VOTE HERE for your favorite month:
http://poll.pollcode.com/Yl1

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Poster: dylan&theded Date: Sep 21, 2011 5:51pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Greatest Month In Dead History

well past noon and no one's said november yet, 73's is good enough to make november one of the best month's in gd history

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Poster: rdenirojb87 Date: Sep 21, 2011 4:18am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Greatest Month In Dead History

It was pretty hard for me to settle on one month. Historically you have to nominate May as well though.

June would have to be my next favorite. June '76, '77, and '90 are all so amazing, among many others.

Next might be April. And September and December. So tough to chose. I want them all.

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Poster: elbow1126 Date: Sep 21, 2011 10:43am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Greatest Month In Dead History

I was thinking the same thing about Feb. If you quit at '74 then its tough to argue against Feb.

2-14-68
The last week of Feb '69
The second week of Feb '70
The opening run, especially the first show of '71
2-19-73
the opening Winterland run of '74

good stuff

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Poster: yesss! Date: Sep 21, 2011 12:02pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Greatest Month In Dead History

yeah, february is my #2 behind may- based on 73, 74, and 77 alone. in each of those years the band sounds totally different (to my ears) in the february shows than they had the previous year. they had obviously been working on new things during the january down time and you can hear the differences both in individual playing and overall band sound. and i think feb. '73 is a particularly strong and kind of under-appreciated month. the band sounds so positive and lively and energized during the whole month and it just sounds like they are having fun.

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Poster: clementinescaboose Date: Sep 21, 2011 6:28pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Greatest Month In Dead History

I like your thinking elbow, but I'd put the entire month of Feb. '69 up there - certainly not the most perfect, but some of the most consistently ferocious and explosive playing the band have ever done...

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Poster: yesss! Date: Sep 21, 2011 12:19pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Greatest Month In Dead History

yup, may for me too. and i don't think anybody has mentioned 5/74 yet. i love that run!

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Poster: dead-head_Monte Date: Sep 21, 2011 7:38am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Greatest Month In Dead History

re: GD & May Days

May 6, 1970 - M.I.T. free benefit show on Kresge Plaza - Kent State Massacre
Richard Nixon was elected President in 1968, promising to end the Vietnam War. Instead, on April 30, 1970, in a televised address, President Nixon announced to the nation that an "incursion" into Cambodia had been launched by United States combat forces.

At Kent State University, a massive demonstration was held on May 1, 1970 on the Commons. Another demonstration had been planned for May 4. There was widespread anger, and many protesters issued a call to "bring the war home."

The Ohio National Guard was ordered to Kent State to quell the protests. They shot and killed four students and wounded nine. Two of the four students killed, Allison Krause and Jeffrey Miller, had participated in the protest. The other two, Sandra Scheuer and William Knox Schroeder, had been walking from one class to the next at the time of their deaths. Schroeder was also a member of the campus ROTC chapter.

College campuses around the US erupted. There were many student protests, student strikes, and campus takeovers by students.

What was the "official response" by the Grateful Dead? The Boys did a free benefit concert for the Kent State Massacre protests. They played outdoors at M.I.T. in Cambridge on a cool and damp day. Their fingers were probably getting numb by the end of the show. It was May 6, 1970. For me, this was by far GD's finest moment.
May 26, 1972 - Strand Lyceum show in London

May xx, 1977 - some great Sugarees were played (May 28th Sugaree!)

May 31, 1973 is only nine days away from the Taper's Gauntlet reveals an Orgy of Sound at RFK Stadium - June 9 and 10, 1973 shows

Monte's Taper Handbook

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Poster: Arbuthnot Date: Sep 20, 2011 8:29pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Greatest Month In Dead History

5/7/70 is such a magnificent show, and despite the audio quality, very worth listening to, altho sbd queens might disagree with me on this; one of my favorite Lovelights; glad you didn't link the other re-worked source, it's unlistenable

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Poster: rdenirojb87 Date: Sep 20, 2011 9:01pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Greatest Month In Dead History

Agreed. One of the greatest set lists ever as well.